The South-East Caucus in the Senate has said its fears on the way President Muhammadu Buhari have been presiding over the affairs of the country have been confirmed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, particularly as regards lopsided appointments.
In a statement issued yesterday, leader of the caucus, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, said the caucus had issued several warnings on the nepotic appointments, but was largely ignored. He added this is not surprising as Buhari had stated that those who gave him 5 per cent votes should not expect to be treated as those who gave him 95 per cent at the 2015 general elections.
His words, “What is happening? What former President Obasanjo said is what we have said and predicted long ago. No one should be surprised over what is happening or the shape of the political appointments made by President Buhari.
“To be fair to him, the president made himself clear during his state visit to the United States of America, with his now unfortunate theory of 95 percent and 5 percent reward for support. The whole thing has come to bear negatively on the entire country and every body is now shouting but we predicted what is going on.”
Abaribe further pointed out that the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, may have deliberately chosen to run a government which alienates a sizeable portion of its people and promotes exclusivity, unlike the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which ran an all inclusive government.
The statement read further, “For any party, there should not be any political barrier or alienation of any constituent part, because after elections, the president is the president and father of all Nigerians irrespective of the political leaning.
“My hunch is that the appointments so far, which have surreptitiously thrown up the prevailing circumstance, have failed to encourage our people’s hunger and quest to build a nation state out of a heterogeneous Nigeria. The appointments, as they were, do not also support the effort to weave a more cohesive country that would metamorphose into a nation where unity and love will prevail.”
“The founding fathers of our country had this in mind when the notion of ‘federal character’ was inscribed in the constitution and a commission created for that purpose. That a president of elder statesman status would willfully breach this fibre that holds this country together is highly regrettable.
“Well, my take is that ‘it is a Buhari country,’ it is the reality, so he can play around with his choice as his mind and conscience direct him. After all, he did not win election in the South-east and South-south and yet he became president, therefore, the South should be orphaned for not voting for him. Perhaps that is the stark reality that the people of the South in Nigeria should face.
“There is an idiom in Igbo language that says: “20, years or more is not eternity.” The Buhari government will also come to an end one day.
“Nonetheless, it could have been good and politically expedient if President Buhari sees himself as president of Nigeria, which is the hallmark of a statesman and not that of president of a section of the country.”